Though she’s been spotted all around the world — London, Paris, Milan — recently, but Azealia Banks is back and repping her hometown of New York in the new Clarence Fuller-directed video for “Luxury,” a sleek house track off of her Fantasea mixtape. The video finds her dancing on a rooftop with the Empire State Building behind her and voguing in the extra-gritty for the black-and-white streets of Chinatown, all the while looking very ninities chic like she wont be in a cropped turtleneck and suspenders. The whole affair dives deep into Crystal Waters‘ territory, Banks’ “Your l-l-l-love, my l-u-x-u-r-aye’s” mirroring Waters’s “La di da’s,” and all being just one homeless mime short of the “Gypsy Woman” video.
Elsewhere and in less stylish Yung Rapunxel news, Banks has been feuding — on Twitter, of course — with Munchi, the producer behind what was supposed to be her next commercial single “Esta Noche.” Munchi claims that Banks used the track on her mixtape without proper permission, and has refused the $25,000 and than $50,000 hush checks she’s since offered. Or, as he puts it in Tweet: “good luck being a dickriding, trackstealing, sorry excuse for a artist. Have fun with the fame – it’ll get back at ya.” Banks, meanwhile, has decided not to release the song as a single, but says she will go ahead and give it a video treatment. And as for Monchi, “I suggest you shut the fuck up… Seriously,” she wrote. Yikes.
This is the exact sort of drama that’s always getting in Banks’ way. Sort of. Because every single time, just when we think maybe her moment has passed, she drops a new video like this and we are hypnotized anew.